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Auction 11 Lot Number 220

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Salamandra – Original Copy With Author’s Corrections

Salamandra, Ka Tzetnik 135633. [1946]. Yiddish.
The original copy of the book “Salamandra”, typewritten on thin paper, with many remarks in the author’s handwriting. The first edition of the book is apparently based on the present manuscript.
Yehiel Denur (1917-2001), native of Poland, was among the Auschwitz Death Camp survivors, where he lost his entire family. He immigrated to Israel via Italy with the “Brycha” and devoted his life to writing about his life experiences at the camp, while remaining completely anonymous and using the pseudonym K. Tzetnik. His identity was revealed at the Eichmann trial, as he was summoned to the witness stand. His first book Zwei Un Zwanzig was published by “Kultur Lige” (Warsaw, 1931), however he did whatever he could to destroy copies of this book. He took three weeks to write “Salamandra” right after his release from the camp, apparently during his stay at the Machaneh Akurim in Italy. The manuscript was brought to Israel, translated into Hebrew and first published in 1946.
[2], 97; 129; 45; 48; 10; 18 leaves (a total of 349 leaves). 33 cm. Typewritten on one side of the leaf. Good condition. Few stains and wrinkles. Plain, damaged binding.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 81

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Unique Collection of Photographs – “Gelgor” Photo

Large collection of unique and exceptionally high quality photographs photographed by Eliezer Gelgor, a photographer in Grodno, Poland and owner of “Gelgor” photo shop in Bialik St. in Ramat Gan.
The collection includes:
~ Two original albums, including 155 high-quality photographs: series of photographs of immigrants on a ship, c. 1925; various buildings in Tel-Aviv, including the casino on the sea-shore, a cemetery; caravan of camels on sea-shore; Tomb of Rachel; David’s Citadel and David’s Fortress; the Western Wall; panorama of Jerusalem and its surroundings – various views; Mt. Zion; panorama of Judean Desert; twelve photographs of the Hebrew University including photographs of the university inauguration ceremony; masonry and terrace building workmanship; tours to archeological sites; Tiberius and Lake Kinneret; Moshava Rishon L’Zion and the winery; and more.
~ XI Olympiade Berline 1936, souvenir album of the Olympics in Berlin 1936. Including seven small photographs by Gelgor. In the photographs flags bearing crosses throughout the city of Berlin appear, alongside flags of the Olympics. In one of the photographs Gelgor himself appears.
~ Assortment of 43 photographs, among them: caravan of camels on the sea-shore of Tel-Aviv; the Judean Mountains; a package of tobacco in Rishon L’Zion; Prof. Boris Schatz near a carpet and Menorah produced by “Bezalel”; unique portraits of a girl; Tel-Aviv port; “Tomb of Captain Trumpeldor” prior to the erection of the gravestone; Independence Day parade; and more.
Some of the photographs bear the stapo of the photographer.
Total of 205 photographs. Varying sizes. Generally in good condition.
Attached is an authorization of sale from the inheritors of “Gelgor” which also includes rights for use and publication of the photographs.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 273

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Bücherei des Schocken Verlags – Complete Set

Bücherei des Schocken Verlags 1-92 – complete set of an important book series, which had a great impact on German Jewry under the Nazi Regime.
The series was Zalman Schocken’s idea and was edited and designed by Dr. Moshe Spitzer with the cooperation of Lamberdt Schneider, Martin Buber and Walter Benjamin.
The series’ idea was to bring the best of Jewish culture to the German public, in a popular, carefully designed edition. The 83 books were published between 1933 and 1938, quite a rare achievement in quality and quantity.
Book 68, Die Judenbuch, was censored by the Nazis and replaced by a different book.
The present set is complete (and includes the two books numbered 68) and is in very good condition.
92 books in 83 volumes. 19 cm.
Complete set in very good condition, extremely rare.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 280

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A Description of The Shabtai Tzvi Episode – London, 1669

The History of the Three Late Famous Imposters, viz. Padre Ottomano, Mahomed Bei and Sabatai Sevi, John Evelyn. London, 1669.
Important source documenting the Shabtai Tzvi False Messiah historical episode. Most of this book is devoted to that topic and represents an early and crucial testimony as it was written while Shabtai Tzvi was still alive.
Apparently, this may be the first English book ever written about Shabtai Tzvi and his activity (there are additional chapters in the book).
The author, John Evelyn (1620-1706), was English industrial, botanist and researcher. Documented important events of his time through his diaries and books he published.
There is a slightly cut signature on the title page “TH. Newcomen”; it is possible that it refers to the father of “the Industrial Revolution” and inventor of the steam engine (unchecked).
126, 13, 1 pages, 16.5 cm. Very good condition. Leather binding. Stains. Antique sticker, ancient owner’s signature.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 577

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Cyprus Detention Camps – Photo Album

Kfar HaNoar at the illegal immigration camps in Cyprus, 1947-1948. A photo album of Detention Camp No. 65, photographed by Yehuda Kavish.
94 rare photographs that show the way of life in the detention camps:
The dining room, tents, watchtowers and barbwire fences; separation from those immigrating to Israel (once a month); agricultural work; "physical education" and fitness exercises in the camp; a wedding; taking care of the children; group photographs; quartet of string-instruments; workers of various occupations: a watchmaker, a tailor, a shoemaker; a Mapai (Workers' Party of Eretz Yisrael) exhibit; parades in the camp with people raising signs and a banner with "Kibbutz Lohamei Haghetaot" drawn by members of the Shomer HaTzair movement; a group with a sign "Markin Group at the Cyprus Expulsion"; the visit of the Jewish Agency; Golda Meir's visit; photographs of Detention Camp 68 in Kraolos, photographs of "the bridge between Camps 65-67 and 64-68", that "awakened memories of the ghettos and their walls served as a bulletin board".
The photographs are in a wooden album decorated with stone, with the inscription "Cyprus 1947" and decorated with a ship, barbwire fence and a flag (artwork done in the detention camp).
Average size: 5.5X7.5 cm, pasted to album leaves, some with descriptions. Good condition. Album 14.5X22 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 257

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Alexander and Sarah Epstein Archives

Archives of British Officer Alexander Epstein and his wife, Sarah.
Great documents and photos archives with about 1000 photos (mostly arranged in albums), dozens of documents, letters, journalism fragments, honorary certificates and more.
The content of the archives reflects the couple’s life and activities in Palestine and abroad, and includes many thank you letters and photos from Palestine and from family trips abroad – Egypt, Crete, Italy, France and more.
The pictures from Palestine are of great documentary value and include, among other things, a documentation of the Prince of Sweden’s visit, photographs with Herbert Samuel, Balfour’s visit to Israel, an event at the opera in 1933 with the Queen of Ethiopia, and many photos from the 20’s and the 30’s. (Among the pictures, there are 2 photographs by Soskin, 3 photographs of Sabounji and a postcard made by Ordman featuring Epstein).
Alexander Epstein (1886-1971), was born in Liverpool. Emigrated to Palestine in 1919 and was appointed as the Industry and Business Supervisor by the Mandate government. He served as the Jaffa District Officer between 1920 and 1945. In 1937. Was appreciated and greatly valued and was one of the most famous Jewish functionaries of his time.
Sarah Epstein headed “Wizo” Tel Aviv for many years and was active among women, young men and soldiers. She was greatly appreciated and was awarded a silver medal by King George V and was an honored member of “Wizo” Israel and worldwide.
Varying sizes, most of the archive is in good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 198

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For the Protection of our Products

330 days of Israeli production, designed by: Zvi Bergman. Stroud printing press, 1930's.
Poster published by the Center for the Benefit of Israeli Products. Linoleum tricolor print.
Signed: B., and in lower left section: Linol. Zvi Bergman.
95X63 cm. Good condition. Glued upon cardboard. Ink-stamp, folds and few creases.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 360

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Kibbutz Alonim – 10 Haggadot

10 Non-traditional Passover Haggadot. Kibbutz Alonim, 1930's until 1949.
Haggadah of the Youth Group of the Sheikh Abreik Hills [later named Alonim], 1937; Passover hagaddot, Kibbutz Alonim, from the years: 1939; 1940; 1941; 1943; 1944; 1945; 1948; 1949; a Haggadah without date of printing.
Varied size and condition. Fair-good condition, many Haggadot with tears on margins of cover and foxing. The 1948 Haggadah has tears with damage to text.
Most of the Haggadot are stenciled copies, with illustrations.
Dov Meisel collection.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 425

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Regulation Concerning a Special Ink-Stamp for Marriage Certificates of Jews – Vienna, 1764

Law addenda detailing documents which necessitate a special ink-stamp. Document issued by order of Empress Maria Teresa. Vienna, 1764.
Regulations detailing five documents for which a special ink-stamp is requested. Paragraph 5 states that marriage certificates of Jews necessitate a special stamp, "Gulden-Stempel". Handwritten note appears over the leaf.
Large single leaf, 43X53 cm. Good-fair condition. Folded into 4, folding marks and minor tears. Ink stains, no text damage.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 426

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Regulations for Jewish Merchants – Vienna, 1764

Law regulations aimed at protecting local manufacturing against imported competition. Detailed list of many imported items forbidden for trade or subject to restricted trade. Including: fabrics, buttons, mirrors, threads, swords and more.
Chapter 6 refers to Jewish merchants, restricting their commerce to trade-fairs in the cities and forbidding any import of goods. German.
11, [3] Pages, 32 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 18א

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Chovevei Zion and Mazkeret Moshe – Important Historical Documents – The Establishment of Hadera

1. The Committee of the Mazkeret Moshe Association in Riga – a copy of a handwritten document in lithographic print, with handwritten additions. Doblen by Riga, 1886. Deals with organizational problems and with the demand to call a large meeting and to distribute this letter to all the committees. At the end of the letter, a handwritten addition by the association's secretary, Ze'ev HaCohen Kaplan. The committee dealt with collecting contributions for the establishment of the Jerusalem neighborhood Mazkeret Moshe named after Moshe Montefiore.
[3] printed pages, [1] handwritten page, 27.5 cm. Fair condition. Minor tears, folding marks and stains.
2. Protocol of the Chovevei Tzion Convention in Druzgenik [Kovno region], 1887. Twenty three of the movement's central members participated in the convention, including: Pinsker, Moshe Leib Lilinblum, Ussishkin, Rabbi Samuel Mohaliver and others. The protocol contains the names of the participants, Pinsker's resignation, the manner of collecting funds and people for purchasing land in Eretz Israel in general and in Hadera in particular, etc.
[3] pages, 35.5 cm. Folding marks, minor tears. Stains.
3-4. Handwritten letter, sent from Jaffa to the Chovevei Tzion members in Europe in 1891. "Last week, we were in Hadera, we traveled with approximately ten people… [including] Tiomkin, head of the Executive Committee. All our travels were by day and this was very beneficial for ascertaining the essence and the nature of the land… and in Hadera we tarried for about 40 hours… Hankin… showed us the way to seek the fields… and the property, there we saw and were convinced that there is no place like it for beauty and good nature amongst all the property that we have seen along the way…". The lands of Hadera were purchased in 1890 by Hankin's mediation and were settled in 1891. The letter includes descriptions of the lands surrounding Hadera, plans for paving roads, planting various trees, agricultural development etc. Attached is a handwritten draft, with corrections and erasing.
[4] pages, 28cm. Good condition. Folding marks and stains.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 318

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Ze’ev Ben Zvi – Impressive Sculpture, 1929

Sculpture of a Jewish boy (Yemenite) sitting with folded legs, holding a book. Signed on the side: "Ze'ev Ben Zvi 1929". White ceramic painted black.
Sculptor Ze'ev Ben Zvi (Koyavsky, 1904-1952), Jewish artist born in Poland. In 1920-1923 studied painting in the school of arts in Warsaw. Made aliyah to Eretz Yisrael in 1923 and studied in "Bezalel" until 1925 with the guidance of Boris Schatz. In 1928 went to study in France where he was exposed to cubist art of Picasso and George Braque: in the following years created many realistic portraits (protomes) in a half-cubist style (amongst them Bialik, Tchernichovsky, Dizengof, Shemaryahu Levine, Aharon Meskin and others). Established a sculpting and copper-hammering workshop in the retention camps in Cyprus with the artist Naftali Bezem; since 1949 served as a teacher in "The New Bezalel" (David Palombo was one of his students). His works were exhibited in exhibitions in Israel and abroad.
The sculpture in front of us is of the period prior to his typical cubist creation.
"He totally mastered the material, easily solved problems and shaped the creation, which floated before his eyes since he had a remarkable plastic ability…". (Gavriel Talpir).
Height: 24 cm, maximum width: 34 cm. Good condition. Minor damages.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 108

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Zionist Organizations in Europe – Large collection of Photographs

36 photographs of Zionist or Jewish Organizations. Europe, 1920's to 1940's.
Israel Zionist Union, Koznitz; “Chalutz” [Pioneer] Union in Poland, Colana branch, 1929; women exercising with Maccabi shirts; “Hapoel” exercisers in Riga, 1933; “Palates” summber Moshava, 1933; group of pioneers, Brody, 1924; “Shomeri” carnival for Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael [JNF], Purim 1926 (two subjects photographed holding blue charity boxes); Jewish scout battalion in Riga, 1924; Maccabi soccer game, 1926; fourth grade in a Hebrew school in Horodenka ; Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael activists at the end of World War I, wearing ribbons and many labels; meeting of the “HaShomer HaTza’ir” in Palanga, 1933; "Shomr" group in Berezhany, 1923; photograph of the committee for the assistance of victims of the pogroms, 1919; and more.
The majority of the photographs are important and rare group photographs from the 1920's and 1930's; single photographs of post World War II conventions of Zionist organizations.
Various sizes and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 8

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Herzl – Collection of a Variety of Items

A large collection of items connected to Herzl, in which his name is mentioned or his picture appears:
7 booklets about Theodor Herzl, some with photographs (Israel and Zurich); 25 plates and photographs with Herzl's portrait, family or sites connected to Herzl, on various occasions. Amongst them: a certificate for the contribution of trees to KKL, a record with a colored print of the ceremony of the Declaration of the State of Israel etc; c. 70 envelopes, stamps, labels and a number of photographs with Herzl's portrait or reference to his name, arranged in an album.
C. 100 items. Varied size and condition. In general, good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 2

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Zionist Congresses

1. The second Zionist Congress in Basel, official postcard, [1898]. Sent from Basel to Vienna. Rimer 3.
2. The 12th Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, [1921]. Illustrated by Joseph Bodko. Rimer 36-37.
3. The 13th Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, [1923]. Illustrated by Joseph Bodko. Rimer 44.
Very good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 166

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Collection of Synagogue Postcards

28 postcards with illustrations or photographs of synagogues. The majority from Germany, some from Poland. Including synagogues from the cities:
Meckenheim; Heilbronn; Sulz; Hannover; Bodenbach; Weisbaden; Ulm; Bamberg; Göppingen; Oppeln; Głogów; Kattowitz; Dortmund; München; Breslau; Beuthen, and others.
9 undivided; 6 not postmarked. Good condition, varying.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 246

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Moshe Montefiore – Signed Letter and Envelope

Moshe Montifiore, hand signed letter and envelope. Ramsgate (England), [1879].
Thank you letter to the author of “Lua’h Israel”, who had sent him a copy of his book. Montefiore added 2 Pound Sterling to the letter as a token of his gratitude. The body of the letter was not handwritten by Montefiore. Montefiore’s hand signature appears in Hebrew and English at the end of the letter. The envelope is enclosed and includes the recipient’s address (in Zhitomir) as well as Montefiore’s English signature.
Letter 12X20 cm, good condition, folding marks; envelope 9X14 cm, stamp is torn out, few stains, wrinkles. Come in a fine 38X48 cm. frame.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 204

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The Jewish Brigade – Otte Wallish, 1945

3"To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense!" Ernest Mechner and Otte Wallish. The General Hebrew Labor Federation in Israel, 1945.
Poster for the first of May, 1945. A flag of the Jewish Brigade displayed upon the upper section, beneath is an illustration of soldiers with the emblem of the brigade on red background.
Designed by the graphic artist Otte Wallish (1903-1977) – among his designs are “Hebrew Post” stamps as well as additional stamps, Israeli bills and coins and it is quite possible that he is the one who actually wrote the Declaration of Independence as well.
48X33 cm. Fair condition, very delicate paper with tears and holes of various sizes (mainly in margins), most of the poster is clear and complete.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 357

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Moshe Murro – Jews by the Tomb of Rachel – Copper Plaque

Moshe Murro, copper plaque with figures of three elderly Jews and a young one, against a background of the Tomb of Rachel. Signed at the bottom: "M. Murro" in Hebrew and English.
12.5x8 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 114

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Eastern European Jewry Prior to and During World War II

35 photographs of rabbis and Jewish figures in Eastern Europe, prior to and during the Holocaust [1930's and 1940's].
Many photographs of rabbinic and Jewish figures wrapped in prayer shawls, Jewish shops, streets of the villages and towns, Jews dressed in traditional garments and conducting a routine lifestyle. Photographs of the Warsaw Ghetto, anti-Semitic notices, pile of corpses, Nazi propaganda.
Diverse and important collection of photographs which represents the flourishing era of Eastern European Jewry in contrast with its dejected period.
Various sizes and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 569

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She’erit Ha-Pleita in Germany – A Collection of Books

A collection of Yiddish books, printed in Germany, 1940's.
1. Kleine Menchelach mit Kleina Hasogos, Shalom Aleichem. Menorah Publishing, Berlin, 1943.
2. Em Shtarbet a Shtetl, Avraham Weisbrod. Munich, 1948.
3. Di Religieze Kvutza in Eretz Yisroel [The Religious Group in Eretz Yisrael], Chanoch Ch. Hakibbutz Hadati Publishing, Munich, 1947.
4. Churban Letland [The Destruction of Lithuania], Max Kaufman. Munich, 1947.
5. Problemen fun Kinstlerishen Shaffen [Problems of Artistic Creativity], Ephraim Shreier. Nievelt Publishing, Munich, 1948.
6. Partisaner Gein!.., S. Katsherninsky. Histadrut Pachach Publishing, Vilna (Vilnius), 1944.
7. Zein Lirer, Shlomo Wazager. Nievelt Publising, Munich, 1948. A poetry book signed by the poet.
8. Azoi Zeinou Mir Geshtarben [So We Died], Levi Shalit. Munich, 1949.
9. Geviter [The Flood], Malsha Mali. Bafreiyong Publishing, Munich, 1948.
10. A leben geit Oif, S. Berlinsky. Bafreiyong Publishing, Munich, 1948.
11. Farchtige Teg [Short Stories], Leib Korland. Landsberg, 1948.
12. Farvalkente Tog [Dark Day], M. B. Gutman. Alein Publishing, Bergen Belsen, 1949.
13. Ber Borochov 1881-1917, [Biography]. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Germany, 1946.
14. Klasen Interesen Un Di Nationale Frage, Ber Borochov. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
15. Dreisik-yoriker Vikuach, Zerubavel. Nievelt Publishing, Germany, 1947.
16. Di Yidden Frage [The Jewish Problem], Nachman Sirkin. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich. 1947.
17. A Collection of Material, A. D. Gordon. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
18. A Dor Fun Bereishis, S. Berlinsky. Munich, 1947.
19. Ainer Kegen Alemen, Berl Katznelson. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1947.
20. Oisgevilte Shriften, Berl Katznelson. Poalei Tzion Publishing, Munich, 1948.
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 44

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A Map of the World – Antwerp, 1571 – Christopher Plantin Printing

A map of the world, by Benito Arias (Montano). Christopher Plantin Printing, Antwerp, 1571.
Two halves of Earth on two sides of the sheet. Four directions illustrated with human faces. In the oceans, there are many illustrations of ships and animals. The explanations and names of places appear in Hebrew and Latin.
The first Hebrew map that shows part of the Australian continent.
34.5X55 cm. Good condition. White and clean paper, with margins. Restored moth damage near the vertical folding line and on margins. On back side glued paper for strengthening.
Wjantraub no. W.12, does not appear in Laor.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 215

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Memory Plaque – Herzl – “Agudat Achim” – Romania, 1904

31. Share certificates, Solel Boneh Company. Jerusalem, 1925. Name of owner: Dr. Gershom Shalom.
2. Bill in lithographic print, “General soup kitchen and hostel in Jerusalem”, value of one dollar. Monsohn Lithographic Printing.
3. Stock certificate in lithographic print, designed by Meir Gur Aryeh and Ze’ev Raban, “Association for the settlement of Yeshivah students in Israel”. Jerusalem, [1930's?].
4. Share certificate, “Bank Kupat Am Ltd.”. Tel-Aviv, 1955.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 281

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Hebrew Grammar – Extremely Rare Book – Milano, 1761

Grammatica Hebraica, Bonaventurae Giradeau. Milano, 1761.
Hebrew Grammar book for the beginner. Large, folded conjugation chart at the end of the book.
The author, Bonaventurae Giradeau (1697-1774), was a priest and language teacher in Germany.
CXIX, 24 pages, [1] folded chart, 23.5 cm. Very good condition. Wide margins, original binding. Few stains. 2 ex libris stickers. Modern cardboard box.
Extremely rare, according to the Worldcat, only one copy known, at the Congress library.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 346

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Alef-Bet – Ze’ev Raban and Levin Kipnis – Berlin, 1923

Alef-Bet, illustrations by Ze'ev Raban, verse by Levin Kipnis, Bezalel-Jerusalem. "HaSefer" Publishing, Berlin, 1923.
[32] Leaves, 25 cm. Good condition. Light stains on page margins. Binding slightly damaged.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 113

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Photograph Album from Poland – Photographs of Warsaw Jews, 1933

Photograph album of a tour to Poland and France [including photographs of an official reception and crowds in cities and small towns throughout the itinerary], 1933.
Approximately 440 photographs of which approximately 14 (in postcard size) were taken in the Jewish Quarter in Warsaw, and reflect the culture in the area prior to the war [Jewish shops, pedestrians, beggars etc.]. Photographs of Jews from the cities of Krakow and Görlitz (Poland). As well, the album consists of photographs which reflect the beginning of the rise of the Nazi movement in the Alsace region.
Album 28X29 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 594

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Hanukkah Menorah Product of “Omanut”

Hanukkah Menorah produced by “Klein Kom” (before Pal-Bell). Tel-Aviv, 1930's.
On its back, an arch with embossed writing of the verse “HaNerot HaLalu Kodesh Hem”. At its base 8 arms in the shape of oil lamps and in its center a place for the Shamash.
Signed at the bottom: “Klein Kom –Omanut– Tel-Aviv” and “Made in Israel”.
Similar Menorahs were later produced by the Pal-Bell Co., established by Morris Ashkelon and his Nephew, Abraham Kom.
Height: 14 cm., width: 21.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 171

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Synagogues throughout Europe

16 postcards with illustrations or photographs of synagogues throughout Europe. Among them, pictures of synagogues from the cities:
Temesvár, Hungary; Stolowischi, Russia; Hannover; Mitau; Weisbaden; Eschweiler; München; Dessau; Bielefeld, and others.
Eight postcards undivided. Various conditions.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 590

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Sabbath Lamp – India

Bronze Sabbath lamp. India (Cochin?), c. 1900.
A circular Sabbath lamp, with seven spaces for hanging small glass oil cups. The lamp is suspended by four poles with loops at their ends that connect to hooks at the base of the lamp. The cups are made from yellow tinted glass. The middle cup is larger than the rest of the cups.
"Until less than a hundred years ago, Cochin Jews still had the custom of celebrating the inauguration of the Sabbath by lighting stone lamps at the entrance to each home. The synagogue beadle would go from house to house lighting the lamp with a torch kindled from the Ner Tamid that hung before the ark. Simultaneously, the women would kindle the Sabbath lamp. The lamp... was suspended from the ceiling and had seven oil cups fixed in a metal ring".
(The Jews of India – a story of three communities, Orpa Slapak (ed). The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995, page 91). See attached material.
Height: 136 cm. (including cups). Very good condition. Cups not original.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 253

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Diary of a “Blau Weiss” Youth Movement Member, 1924-1926

Handwritten diary of a “Blau Weiss” youth movement member. Danzig, 1924-1926.
Detailed diary with dates, which describes the youth movement activities: camps, trips, parties, folklore and humor. Dozens of photos and illustrations from trips and camping activities throughout the diary.
The “Blau Weiss” (German for Blue-White) youth movement was founded following the refusal of the German patriotic youth movement to accept Jews among their ranks. [This youth movement] began fostering Zionistic values and settlements ideals during the 1920’s and gained tremendous popularity. Was declared illegal by German law in 1929.
129 written pages. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Damaged original binding.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 429

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Call for Citizens of Vienna

gedanken-freiheit!, Simon Szanto. Vienna, no printing date – mid of 19th century.
Ryhmed manifest calling the citizens of Vienna to join the Jews of Vienna for a better future for all the inhabitants of the city.
The writer, Simon Szanto (1819-1882), a Jew born in Hungary. In 1845 upon termination of his studies he arrived in Vienna and established a Jewish school (1849). Founded and edited the weekly magazine Die Neuzeit as well as editing calendars and annual publications for Jews. In 1864 was appointed the official interpreter of the Vienna court and in 1869 was appointed as supervisor of Jewish education. Published essays and feuilletons in periodicals for Jewish readers and for the general public. (See attached material). German.
4 Pages. (Single folded leaf) 21 cm. Excellent condition, wide margins, small stains on margins.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 227

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David Ben-Gurion – Letter Concerning Books

David Ben-Gurion, a reaction letter with its formal English translation, addressed to Mr. Arik Gottgetreu, reporter for the Associated Press newspaper, March 27, 1958.
Ben Gurion’s answers to the four questions asked by the reporter regarding the literature which had influenced him. Towards the end of his letter, Ben Gurion claims that according to him “It isn’t good to read many books, rather, it is better to read many times selected books such as: the Bible, Plato, Tokidides […] and three or four of the latest generations’ authors”.
The letter is written and printed on official prime minister paper, with David Ben-Gurion’s handwritten signature.
[3] Leaves, 28 cm. Good condition. Folding marks over the leaves’ width.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 579

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Medal – 2nd Zionist Congress

Bronze medal, second Zionist congress. Paris, 1898.
Embossment on one side and on reverse side biblical quotation: “I shall take the people of Israel from amongst the nations… and bring them to their land”.
Feuchtwanger Catalog, item 764.
Diameter: 6.3 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 345

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Song of Songs – Ze’ev Raban – numbered and signed copy

Song of Songs, illustrated by Ze'ev Raban. Published by "HaSefer", Berlin, 1923. First Edition.
26 color illustrations, pasted to the pages of the book, the text of the Megillah is printed in the margins of the drawings.
Copy No.111 from an edition of 500 copies, printed on paper of exceptional quality and hand-bound in leather. Signed by Ze'ev Raban in Hebrew and English.
Presented in a fine cardboard box (produced by Besserman).
[28] Leaves, 34 cm. Good condition. Damages near book-spine.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 208

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Certificate in Honor of the Baron Joseph Ritter Von Wertheimer – Vienna, 1880

3Certificate in honor of Baron Joseph Ritter Von Wertheimer, from the Aurora Association. Vienna, 1880.
Certificate appointing Wertheimer as an honorary member in the Aurora Association - Der Humanitäts -Verein "Aurora".
Joseph Ritter von Wertheimer (1800-1887), descendant of a wealthy Jewish family in Vienna. Educator and founder of a chain of kindergartens. Established the first kindergarten in Vienna in 1830 as well as an association for rehabilitation of released prisoners and juvenile delinquents; was involved in the Jewish community affairs and one of the leaders of the struggle for civil rights to the Jews of Austria. In 1868 he was decorated by the emperor with a nobility title.
Lithographic printing of Certificate's frame, with gilded and red ink illustrations and decorations. Part of the certificate was written in artistic handwriting.
65.5X49.5 cm. Good condition. Significant tears to margins.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 528

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Protocols of the Beilis Trial, 1913

The protocols of the Beilis Trial, 5 volumes printed on a typewriter. Russian.
Menachem Mendel Beilis was accused of murdering a Ukrainian Christian child named Andrei Yushchinsky in April 1911, to prepare Passover matzot from his blood. Beilis was imprisoned by false testimony and his trial began in September 1913. On the background of "the murder" and the trial, an incitement campaign was organized against the Jews. After three years of imprisonment, Beilis was acquitted. In 1917, after the revolution, a committee of inquiry was established to investigate the case. Its findings proved that the government knew the true circumstances and staged the trial for anti-Semitism reasons.
5 volumes, 35 cm. Fair condition, Marks on the leaves. Foxing, loose and torn bindings.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 443

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Kolieb Family of Vienna – Collection of Documents and Synagogue Photograph

Kolieb family of Vienna collection of documents. Late 19th century – early 20th century.
Collection of personal documents, certificates and letters, related to David Leon Kolieb (1858-1913) and his son, Dr. Siegfried Kolieb of Vienna (both doctors, served the Austro-Hungarian army).
Collection includes amongst other items: decorated military discharge certificates granted to David by his army units; a photograph of David Leon Kolieb's tomb stone; a Ketubah of Vienna of the year 1885 for the marriage of David son of Aryeh Kolieb and Sarah Hendel; envelope with 20 greeting cards and calling cards, mostly of Jews; invitation to Siegfried's Bar Mitzvah, 1898 (later Siegfried became a doctor in Vienna); large photograph (38X28 cm) of the Great Synagogue of Vienna interior, and more documents.
More than 50 items, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 85

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Collection of Photographs – Israel, 1926-1927

Collection of photographs from Israel, Betty Strauss. 1926-1927.
172 photographs from a voyage to Israel. The majority of the photos are of Jerusalem; the city, streets, and culture within the walls and outside them (Me’ah She’arim neighborhood). As well, archeological and religious sites in Jerusalem and its vicinity (among them: Tomb of Rachel). Additional photos from Rechovot, Shfeya, Zichron Ya’akov and additional places. Two photographs from the inauguration ceremony of the Hebrew University.
Many photographs described in great detail (in German) and dated upon the reverse side. Some photographs autographed. Some divided on their reverse side to be used as a postcard.
Photographer Betty Strauss, native of Marburg, Germany, returned to Germany after her journey to Israel and eventually immigrated to Israel in the 1930's.
Average size: 8X11 cm. The majority of the photos are in good condition. Some of them are doubles. Arranged in a new album.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 546

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Postcards sent from Vienna to Theresienstadt, 1943

7 postcards sent by the Johann Israel Haim family of Vienna, to Mrs. Antonie Rothe in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, June-August 1943.
2 printed postcards, the others are handwritten. Personal matters, shipment of food parcels and worry for the welfare of the internee and her sister. No postage stamps (in the original) except one postcard. German.
10x15 cm. Fair condition. Stains, slightly torn.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 592

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Brass Vase – Alfred Salzmann

Decorative brass vase produced by Alfred Salzmann. Jerusalem, 1930’s (?).
Wide and heavy base, narrowing towards neck and narrowing again at opening. Engraved decorations in geometrical and plant patterns.
Signed on bottom: "Alfred Salzmann Jerusalem", Made in Jerusalem Palestine", "S 577”.
Alfred Salzmann, Jewish native of Austria, teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and owner of a workshop in the Bak'a neighborhood (among the first Jewish builders of the neighborhood, during the 1920's).
Height: 18 cm. Good condition. Few stains.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 329

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Siegmund Forst – Signed and Numbered Woodcuts

7 woodcuts signed in pencil by artist Siegmund Forst and numbered.
Mizrach; Jonah inside the Fish; Hanukkah; the Rabbi's Table; the Rabbi and his Hassidim; MiShenichnass Adar Marbim beSimcha; Death of the Saints. Most are described in pencil.
Forst was born in Vienna in 1904. Studied in Kunstakademie – Arts' Academy of Vienna. In 1939 he left for Hamburg and then continued to the U.S. where he devoted himself to letter-design and calligraphy. He published an illustrated Haggadah for Passover, illustrated a children's book (using his Hebrew name, Asher Forst). Was very involved in the Jewish traditions and festivals. An exhibition of his works was displayed in Yeshiva University in 1997.
See: Siegmund Forst – a Lifetime in Arts and Letters, Yeshiva University Museum Publshing, 1997.
Varying sizes, all in good condition save one, stained.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 311

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Five Textbooks – Romania

Yiddish textbooks in several subjects for grade and high schools, some are illustrated:
1. Alim, reading texts for third and fourth grades, A. Y. Risfler. Bucharest, 1944.
2. Hebrew, David Feivush (together with Z. Be'eri and P. N. Glick). Bucharest, 1943.
3. Gil, language and literature textbook, by Yochanan Ya'akobov. Bucharest, 1946.
4. Lernbuch for Yiddish. "Ikuf" Publishing. Bucharest, 1946.
5. Yiddishe Shprach Leinbuch. [Bucharest], 1956. Verse in tribute to the Romanian Republic is included at the beginning.
Varying sizes, fair condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 375

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Non-traditional Haggadah – Hebrew and Dutch

[Passover Haggadah. Holland, 1940's]. Without any note of origin or year of printing.
Non-traditional Haggadah, typewritten and stenciled, with simple illustrations. Integrates a little of the traditional version and quotes from the sources with modern poems and readings. Hebrew and Dutch (at the beginning one page opposite another, afterwards, in non-consistent order). Part of the pages are blank.
34 pages (including 3 empty pages), 22 cm. Fair condition. Dry and very brittle paper. Detached leaves. Tears to the margins of a number of leaves. Professionally restored, in a new fabric cover and cardboard box.
Bibliographically unknown. Probably, it was printed immediately after the Holocaust.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 344

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Jerusalem – Oil Painting

View of the Old City, Jerusalem, signed oil painting [Russian signature, M. Sogorov / Soborov].
60x30 cm. In handsome frame 93x63 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 430

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Regulations and Taxes in Frankfurt – Kosher Shechita (Ritual Slaughter) Tax

1. Tax Rolle Des Fleisch Ambts. [Frankfurt am Main, 18th century].
List of tax on Shechita, details of taxes imposed on butchers for each type of animal.
Separate details for six Jewish Shochatim (ritual slaughterers) in the city, weekly tax for Jewish shochatim, tax "for a kosher ox from Hungary or Poland, slaughtered in the winter months for home use" and additional taxes. German.
[2] Pages, 29.5 cm. Good condition.
2. Tax-Ordnung oder Rolle des Löbl. Rechenen-Ambts. [Frankfurt am Main, 1727?]. A list of taxes on behalf of the municipal finance ministry. Amongst them are details of taxes imposed on Jews that register for marriage in the municipality: "A pair of married Jews, if both are local, they must pay 2 gold guilders / in addition for the clerk and the servant together 1 florin / in addition for the judge and the person who registers the certificate 15 kroizer". Taxes for a Jewish couple that were married and registered as citizens, tax for renewal of permit as well as taxes for non-Jewish citizens. German.
[4] Pages, 30 cm. Good condition, foxing.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 477

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Manuscript – Inauguration of the Great Synagogue – Budapest, 1859

Handwritten pamphlet. Budapest, 6.9.1859.
Handwritten description of the inauguration of the new synagogue for the Pesth Theresienstadt community. It enumerates the 24 members of the Community Council and 25 members of the synagogues Building Committee and includes a history of the community established in 1804. Also described are the prayer services conducted in private homes until the Chessed Ne’urim Synagogue was completed in 1828. In 1841, when the number of members increased, land was purchased for the construction of a new synagogue (adjoining the hospital, established two years earlier). The document details the construction process, mentioning everyone involved: architects, engineer, various craftsmen and donors, all who assisted in the project. It ends with a list of the Austro-Hungarian Government and local officials who participated in the dedication ceremony.
11, [1] written pages, 34 cm. Good condition. Fold along length of booklet, fine, fragile paper, and slight tears on margins.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 20

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The Archives of the Establishment of the Ruchama Settlement in the Negev – The She’erit Israel Association

A collection of letters, documents, printed pages and postcards connected to the establishment of the settlement Ruchama (Jammama) in the Negev, from the archives of Abraham Kaminer Volkovsky, one of the heads of the She’erit Israel Association and one of the settlement’s founders. 1911 until the 1940s.
Most of the archives contain original material from the time of the establishment of the settlement (second decade of the 20th century), postcards that were sent to Abraham Kaminer, list of the names of the first settlers, demands of payment, information on the development of the settlement, building structures, agriculture etc. Includes letters and postcards from " the Association for Purchase of Land" of Bialistok, the" She’erit Israel Association" in Moscow, The Neta’im Association, Arthur Rupin and other organizations and people.
The archives include a number of letters from the 1940s, regarding Kaminer family’s claim on the dismantling of the lands of Ruchama and inheritance rights and land ownership.
The settlement Ruchama was established in 1911 by the " She’erit Israel Association" of Moscow and was the first of the settlements in the Negev in the new era. In the beginning, the settlement was called Jammama after an Arab village in the vicinity.
C. 50 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 11 Lot Number 43

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Maps of Israel – Two Bibliographic Books – Wajntraub and Laor

1. Maps of the Holy Land, Eran Laor. Alan R. Liss Inc, New York, 1986.
Bibliography of c. 1170 maps printed between 1475 and 1900, from the collection of Eran Laor. English.
201 pages, 26X31 cm. Good condition.
2. Hebrew Maps of the Holy Land, E. & G. Wajntraub. Vienna, 1992.
A study focusing and inspecting ancient Hebrew maps and their connection to Jewish sources. 104 photographed maps from 1233 until the 20th century. English.
XXI, 277 pages, 28 cm. Good condition.

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